Welcome to Year 2!
Class Teacher: Mrs Woolman
Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Smith, Mrs Knight and Mrs Hewitt
A very warm welcome to Class 2's webpage!
We are so excited to welcome you back to school after such an unsettled year.
The resilience and positivity you have shown during your home learning and your short return to school is amazing and we can't wait to get this year started.
We just know that you are going to love Year 2!
This webpage is designed to inform you of the Year 2 curriculum and ways you can support your child. Please check ClassDojo for regular updates and photos about what your child is learning in class.
How have you lived out our mission statement today?
At St. Peter's we use White Rose Maths for our maths curriculum.
"Together, we’re building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, we help teachers and learners everywhere to achieve excellence."
Your child will get a Times Tables Rockstars login this year so they can start battling against their friends and have a blast learning their times tables!
Talk for Writing
At St. Peter's we use Talk for Writing. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
Schools underpin their English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon.
In our classroom, you will see lots of our learning on the 'washing line' and working walls.
You will find out what books and topics your child will be focussing on in the Year 2 long term plan (link below). This may change throughout the year as the children's interests change and develop!
Phonics and Guided Reading
We follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. scheme for phonics and guided reading. For half an hour per day, we will have a speed sounds lesson where the children will learn a new sound and revise previously taught sounds. They will also practise spelling this within words. We then focus on a book, where we aim to build our fluency. When we are confident reading this text, we are encouraged to answer comprehension questions.
In Year 2 we focus on the following topics:
Animals including humans
Living things and their habitats
Uses of everyday materials
Scientists and inventors
We will also focus on working scientifically and we will regularly undertake mini experiments and investigations in class. These will be found in our science floor book.
This year, to minimise the amount of resources going to and from home and school, homework will be set on ClassDojo. This will include spelling and times tables and other tasks linked to what we are learning in class. Your child will receive a blank homework book to bring home during their first week to complete their tasks in but this must be kept at home. It is expected that each week, a photo of your child's homework will be taken and uploaded to their portfolio where it will be commented upon.
Reading remains the most vital part of your child's homework in Year 2. Please aim to listen to your child reading their school reading book daily and record it in their reading record. Regular readers will get certificates to recognise their achievements!
If you would like to speak to me, you can send me a message on ClassDojo. You can also send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org